City of Koronadal – The Local Economic Development (LED) Project that was funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and supervised by the Local Governance Support Program (LGSP) formally bowed out after two years implementation of eco-tourism projects in Allah Valley Landscape Development Alliance (AVLDA) areas, with the conduct of a Stakeholder’s Forum last March 13 at The Farm at Carpenter Hill, this city.
AVLDA, an alliance of the provinces of Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato and member-municipalities, has successfully launched two eco-tourism circuits, namely; the Koronadal City – Lake Sebu – T’boli circuit and the Tacurong City – Esperanza circuit under the LED Project.
Aside from the eco-tourism circuits, it has conducted among stakeholders, trainings, workshops and study tours here and abroad, particularly those belonging in the tourism sector.
LGSP also formed a Core LED Team, Technical Working Group and other committees to assist them in the implementation of different projects.
During the Stakeholder’s Forum, LGSP Partnership Advisor Alfred Allaga presented the Local Project Results of LED while Mary Ann Traspe of DILG presented the Strategic Action Plan beyond March 2014.
Responses coming from DOT 12 Regional Director Nelly Nita Dillera of the Regional Economic Transformation Team and South Cotabato Tourism Council Johnnie Victor Ferrer were taken after said presentation.
Likewise, Lake Sebu MPDC Rex Saludar Espegar, representing the LGU, also gave his insights about the LED project and its Strategic Action Plan.
The forum capped with the launching of the Allah Valley Website and Tours by AVLDA – South Cotabato Project Officer Louie Pacardo.
AVLDA likewise donated two HP computer units to South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat Tourism Offices, represented by Senior Tourism Operations Officer Cesar Sulit Jr. and Tourism Officer-designate Romeo Acosta, respectively.